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I have read some really offbeat books that I'd love to set sail like a message in a bottle on the oceans of the world. But I can't imagine giving up one of my books by Edmund Pearson. Someone did, though. Someone donated a copy of Queer Books to the world library, and many people have read this book and left comments.
This is a simply wonderful book by Edmund Pearson (better known, perhaps, for his essays on murders of his day, collected in "Studies in Murder" and "Murder on Smutty Nose") ....This one's much lighter in subject - in fact, it's more or less a history of the pop culture of the day (circa 1928), as evidenced in print. ... Pearson's style is drily sarcastic, a style of which I am fond; some might find him unbearably arch and/or old fashioned, but I like him.
A lot of people loved the book. A lot seemed to hate it.
"This reading a book about books is fun. I think I should like to read more books like this. Not reviews, not lit crit, but just fun observations about a particular genre at a particular point in time. "
"My! What a hoot of a book! I especially enjoyed the overview of the murder tracts and gallows broadsides (which, I imagine, is the reason GoryDetails bought the book in the first place), but the section on etiquette books was quite amusing as well."
"I'm having a very hard time getting through this book. I'm on the second chapter (about Fourth of July speeches) right now, and it's just not doing it for me. "
You can lead a horse to water.